Philando Castile, 32, died on July 6 after being shot several times by a police officer in a suburb outside St. Paul, Minnesota. The immediate aftermath of the shooting was streamed live on Facebook by Castile’s girlfriend Lavish Reynolds.
According to Reynolds, the two were pulled over for having a broken tail light. In the video, she says that the unidentified officer asked Castile for his license and registration, but that when he went to reach for it the officer shot him four times in the arm.
Philando Castile was declared dead at a local hospital. The same day another black man Alton Sterling was shot dead in Louisiana. President Barack Obama, speaking in Warsaw at a NATO summit, called the deaths of Sterling And Castile “tragedies”, rooted in long-simmering racial discord.